Kelsey Thiem, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The stereotypes of most science, technology, engineering, and math fields is that “STEM is for men.” Additionally, men are over-represented at almost every level of STEM participation, both inside and outside of academia. Together, this gender imbalance in scientific environments and the gendered nature of science stereotypes signal to women that STEM isn’t for them. Importantly, these issues may be exacerbated for women from racial groups that are under-represented in STEM fields. The purpose of this presentation is to identify some of the specific psychological challenges facing women in STEM and identify specific actions that faculty and students can take to help women overcome these challenges.